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COVID-19 clips Ostrich Festival’s wings again

January 21st, 2021 SanTan Sun News
COVID-19 clips Ostrich Festival’s wings again


For the second consecutive year, the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival has been postponed from its usual March engagement because of the pandemic.
The Chandler Chamber, in partnership with Steve LeVine Entertainment and Public Relations, said it is postponing the event until the fall, though it is still working on dates with the city.
“It was determined that this decision would be in the best interest of the community due to the continued health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the state orders prohibiting mass gatherings over 50 people, as well as the current hold put on special event licenses,” the Chamber said in its announcement.
The Chamber was forced to cancel last year’s show after the pandemic broke in March. It had scheduled it tentatively for October until COVID-19 trends made it clear crowd restrictions had to be continued.
“It is a difficult time but the safety and well-being of our community is our top priority,” added Chamber CEO/President Terri Kimble. “Based on the state and federal executive orders on large gatherings still in effect, the Ostrich Festival will unfortunately be postponed. We hope to share more information on new fall dates soon.”
This isn’t the only high season event to run afoul of COVID-19.
The Friends of Horseshoe Park board of directors canceled this year’s Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek which was scheduled for March 2021, stating “it cannot confidently overcome the difficulties of staging a large event with the uncertainties and ever-evolving rules and guidelines associated with Covid-19.
“The board felt it had an obligation to the contestants, stock contractor, sponsors, vendors, and contract personnel to make a decision now rather than wait until the last minute,” the board said, adding that it will just work on its March 16-20, 2022, show.
It added it will be exploring alternatives to continuing its presence in the community, in person and over social media. The Rodeo Royalty will continue to represent the town at various virtual, community and state events and the board “will continue to partner with Arizona Farm Bureau’s Ag In The Classroom program to bring virtual rodeo presentations to local schools.”
Roots n’ Boots will be releasing its second issue of the AgTivity Book in March and asked that suggestions on partnering with other organizations or community involvement be sent to
While the Waste Management Phoenix Open will go on as scheduled at the end of the month, crowds will be kept to a minimum.
Scottsdale’s annual Parada del Sol was moved from February to March, as was the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, but it’s unclear if the continuing COVID-19 surge will force both events to be delayed again.
The Ostrich Festival began in 1988 and was based on Chandler’s colorful early history of ostrich ranching. The event has grown into one of the premier festivals in the southwest.
The Ostrich Festival is a family-friendly event featuring ostrich-themed activities, national and regional entertainment, carnival midway, food and arts and crafts.